Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus - PS3

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Insomniac Soft. Co.: Insomniac
Publishers: SCEE (GB)
Released: 15 Nov 2013 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 7+
Features: DualShock 3 Vibration Function


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Ratchet & Clank are on their sixth 'proper' home console game of this generation – that's discounting a HD re-skin of three PS2 games starring the titular duo. Six. So, with what may well prove to be the final PS3 outing of the pair we're not exactly expecting a reinvention of the wheel here. Clearly Ratchet & Clank is working for Sony more or less just as it is. Which is not to say there's nothing new here at all.

The game serves as an epilogue to the Future games, and it certainly marks a return to a focus on solo play. At the start of the game, Ratchet and Clank are escorting a dangerous criminal named Vendra Prog across a forgotten edge of the galaxy. After an ill-advised detour through an asteroid field and a daring jailbreak, the duo find themselves in a forgotten quadrant of the galaxy looking to recapture their quarry and, by the looks of things, save all of reality.

Gameplay is a mash-up of platforming, shooting, close-quarters combat and puzzling, all delivered with a Pixar-esque gloss. The use of gravity is a recurring theme in the game. There is, for example, a device with the unlikely job of setting up gravity beams between particular fixtures conveniently dotted around the environment. You can ride these around, but as things progress they can offer challenging puzzles to beat.

Another use of gravity is in a series of minigames to be played using Clank. Because of some dimensional weirdness involving rifts in space, Clank has to jump into pocket dimensions and lead floating pink robot-munching spirits to safety. These sections are sidescrolling platform sections, with the twist being that you can control the direction of gravity using the right stick. You can (and will have to) use this to manipulate the position of platforms and get to 'high' places.

Into the Nexus is a fitting send-off for Ratchet & Clank on the PS3!


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